Anthony Rodelli Highland, NY, USA
Chapter Thirteen; The Brain
Whatever the mind of man conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. The person blest with an open mind performs wonderful feats in business, industry and all professions while the fool with the closed mind is still shouting, "Impossible!"
It would be well for you to take stock of yourself. Are you among those who say "I can" and "It will be done," or do you fall into the group that says, "Nobody can" at the very moment someone else is accomplishing it?
An open mind requires faith-- in yourself, your fellow human beings, the Creator who laid out a pattern of progress for us and our universe.
The days of superstition are gone. But the shadow of prejudice is as dark as ever. You can come out into the light by closely examining your own personality. Do you make decisions based on reason and logic rather than on emotion and prejudice? Do you listen closely, attentively and thoughtfully to others' arguments? Do you seek facts rather than hearsay and rumor?
The human mentality withers unless it is in constant contact with the stimulating influence of fresh thought. Those who used brainwashing techniques during war knew the quickest way to break a man's will was to isolate his mind, cutting him off from the books, newspapers, radio, television and other normal channels of intellectual communication. Under such circumstances, the intellect dies for lack of nourishment. Only the strongest will and the purest faith can save it.
Is it possible that you have imprisoned your mind in a social and cultural concentration camp? Have you subjected yourself to a brainwashing of your own making, isolating yourself from ideas that could lead to success?
If so, it's time to sweep aside the bars of prejudice that imprison your intellect. Open your mind and set it free!